McCLELLAN (PRWEB) October 11, 2006
In Marilyn, Joe & Me (Penmarin Books, $29.95) June DiMaggio, the niece of baseball great Joe DiMaggio and close friend to Marilyn Monroe for 11 years, pulls back the Hollywood curtain to tell of the legendary, very private stars with recollections that expose their real-life stories as never before.
With 80 unpublished photographs of the famous pair, including never-before-seen shots of Marilyn off-camera on the set of her next-to-last film, “The Misfits,” Ms. DiMaggio brings us a Marilyn—and Joe—that will surprise you.
Now in her late 70s, Ms. DiMaggio has decided to tell her story with internationally known radio and television host Mary Jane Popp to set the record straight about who these two larger-than-life stars truly were. For more than 30 years, Ms. Popp has been a trusted interviewer whose hallmark is getting to the true story behind the image.
Ms. DiMaggio, whose parents founded and ran the original DiMaggio’s Restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, (the book features many recipes the landmark restaurant made famous) has been around celebrities all her life. A singer and actor herself, she befriended Marilyn and other stars in the 1950s when she, too, was part of the Hollywood scene.
Her story is candid, charming, and pulls no punches in telling it like was in her encounters with Marilyn and Joe at home, as well as with numerous other celebrities, including Jeannette MacDonald, Hoagy Carmichael, Carol Channing, Ann Sothern, Kent Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck.
What the stars were like when the studio lights and autograph-seekers were far away is at the heart of Ms. DiMaggio’s remembrances.
She well knew that the real Marilyn Monroe was much more than the sex symbol the studio system set her up to be. In Marilyn, Joe & Me, Ms. DiMaggio takes us into the private moments of Marilyn, the person, and shows us the warm, loving, funny, generous, well-read and concerned woman the box office bombshell truly was. She takes us behind the scenes of Marilyn’s famous birthday song to then-President John F. Kennedy, she shows us Marilyn without make up and she invites us to her home when Marilyn and Joe were relaxing and just being themselves.
And Ms. DiMaggio reveals what she knows about the circumstances of Marilyn’s death, which was anything but suicide. She sheds new light on the controversy that still lives now, 50 years after Marilyn’s passing, with her account that her mother, Lee, was talking to Marilyn on the telephone when she was murdered.
“Marilyn, Joe & Me is an uncompromising and detailed examination of the 20th century’s highest profile celebrity marriage: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. The Yankee Clipper’s niece, June DiMaggio, who remained a close friend of Marilyn’s until the day she died, is the ultimate insider here, and she sheds great light on a subject that has haunted the public for decades,” writes Mitchell Fink, NY Times best-selling author of The Last Days of Dead Celebrities.
“Much of what June has to say is startling. . . .She has waited half a century to tell what she knows. But she wanted to tell it all before she died: the story of the Monroe she knew, the Monroe she visited on the day of her death and what she knows about Monroe’s last moments on earth, including the phone call she believes was interrupted by her killer or killers,” writes Lisa DePaulo in “A Special Playboy Report: The Strange, Still Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe.”